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Gas blast in Taiwan kills boy, injures 14 others

August 15, 2014

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A gas explosion in a residential high-rise building in northern Taiwan killed a 1-year-old boy and injured 14 others Friday, just two weeks after a series of underground gas pipeline blasts killed 28 people in the island’s south.

The explosion shook the building shortly before noon in New Taipei City, said fire department spokesman Wang Weisheng. He did not identify a cause for the blast.

That followed several gas explosions that killed more than two dozen people and injured 286 in the southern city of Kaohsiung on the night of July 31.

The investigation into the earlier blasts has focused on petrochemical firm LCY Chemical Corp. Authorities say the company did not alert the government to problems with the gas pipeline — information that could have enabled a faster evacuation of the neighborhood.

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